=1 "Auroville? Why? How?"
Auroville? Why? How?
Equals One interviewed by a group of visitors from France
⃝ : As you are the journal of Auroville, the city now being built in South India, which may be considered a creation of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, can you tell us first what an ashram is?
=1 : An ashram is a group of people who believe that in each human being there is a whole scale of consciousness, of which we ordinarily know very little and use only a minute part, and who, with an aim of entering into resonance with a vaster consciousness, have chosen to live in the presence of someone more awakened than themselves, the guru.
⃝ : How does the Sri Aurobindo Ashram differ from other ashrams?
=1 : It is different in that its aim is to awaken not merely one single higher note in this scale of consciousness, but the whole scale.
Our aim is not religious, but the same as that of evolution itself: to acquire the art of living without limitation.
It implies for us a constant search for new awakenings, for new possibilities of consciousness and being.
It was thus that Sri Aurobindo observed a new octave of being, a new way of existence. Prodigiously intense, it results from a capacity for total resonance with the whole. An evolving, increasing capacity of resonance is our yoga.
⃝ : This does not explain why the Sri Aurobindo Ashram wants to build a town, Auroville.
=1 : The town flows naturally from the discovery by Sri Aurobindo of this new way of existence, which cannot be a solitary way of being. It is a capacity of being multiplied by all other beings into a powerful, conscious whole. And one of the conditions necessary for this consciousness to manifest, for this integral symphony to take place, is that everything should be in its true place. That is why the ashram of Sri Aurobindo is now building Auroville, to put at the disposal initially of a limited number of human beings a place which is sufficiently vast, rich and free for each of them to find his true place, his true role. And this means not in the town only, but also in the world and in the universe, and not only a place but everything that is necessary for him to play his role and accomplish his own creation.
⃝ : What kind of results do you expect?
=1 : We expect for each one an enrichment, a refinement of consciousness, a refinement of the capacity for resonance and of the ability to profit by one another, to enjoy one another and the whole universe. We expect a deeper, richer, more creative and more living community.
⃝ : Isn't this an egoistic aim, limited to a relatively small collectivity?
=1 : It is above all an experiment, for the success of which we have yet to determine the conditions. It is also a total opening, to the earth and to the universe, such as has never before been attempted, or if attempted, in a limited way only, emotionally perhaps or intellectually. These limitations we want to replace by as integral a resonance as possible of the whole gamut of our being. To be resonant is a way of giving oneself to the world.
⃝ : Auroville may be a great formula, but we do not yet see on what it is based.
=1 : Auroville is not a formula, it is a knowledge and a force: the knowledge that there is always the next step, whether large or small, which counts in evolution, and then the will to let oneself be carried as consciously as possible by the force of evolution which leads to this step.
Any child who has not been ruined by his education can do this, because he himself is that next step.
⃝ : You intend to accept many children?
=1 : As many as possible.
⃝ : If we have rightly understood, Auroville is intended to be a city of evolution?
=1 : Exactly. Our purpose is to evolve consciously, willingly and constantly, to inaugurate a life of permanent revolution in a growing harmony.
⃝ : Do you need a city for that? Wasn't it possible in the ashram?
=1 : The town will merely be an example of what can be done in the world. But the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, with its 1,600 residents, was too small and not sufficiently representative of the whole earth. Moreover, each one of its members has been very busy tuning his own instrument and therefore occupied too much with himself. Manifestly this represents an exceptional preparation, but although some extraordinary chords have been realized, it is not yet the hour for the symphony.
⃝ : When will that time come?
=1 : When we become an equals-one society.
⃝ : What do you call an equals-one society?
=1 : One in which every contact, with whomever or whatever it may be, is a happy meeting, a society where the probability of a happy meeting equals one.